Visiting Catholic Cemeteries in November

During the month of November, when Catholics pray for their deceased relatives and friends, a traditional Catholic activity, which you might like to consider adding to your schedule, is a visit to a Catholic cemetery. At this time of the year, when we are thinking about those who have gone before us, it is good to recall that our beloved dead are in the hands of The Good King as noted in a poem (to follow) by G.K. Chesterton. But, first to cemetery visits: the following prayer, attributed to St. Gertrude, is often used on such occasions (details of this prayer in link below*): Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood Of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the Universal Church, those in my own home and within my own family. Amen. Now, the short poem by G.K. Chesterton which is fitting for this month is called The Skeleton. Thinking of the smiling face of our skeletons, Chesterton…

Our Lady of the Rosary 2022

“The joys experienced on the other Feasts of the Mother of God are all gathered up and resumed in this one for us, for the Angels, and for our Lady herself. Like the Angels, then, let us offer, together with Mary, the homage of our just delight to the Son of God, her Son, her King and ours.” ~ Dom Prosper Gueranger, see below   Today, on the seventh day of October, the Roman Catholic Church commemorates Our Lady of the Rosary. Dom Prosper Gueranger (b. 1805- d. 1875) in his work, The Liturgical Year, expounds on this feast in the following: It is customary with men of the world to balance their accounts at the end of the year, and ascertain their profits. The Church is now preparing to do the same. We will soon see her solemnly numbering her elect, taking an inventory of their holy relics, visiting the tombs of those who sleep in the Lord, and counting the sanctuaries, both old and new, that have been consecrated to her divine Spouse. But today’s reckoning is a…

Devotion to Mary in 2022

~The following text is an article on Marian devotion which was written by Fr. Jonas Shell who is a Roman Catholic priest of the Diocese of Steubenville. The article was first published in The Steubenville Register in the summer of 2022, and is used with the permission of the author. ~SCF What could be more Catholic than devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary?  We pray the rosary, honor statues of Mary, sing songs about Mary, celebrate many Masses in her honor, and dedicate churches, towns, dioceses and nations under her name.  She embodies Mother Church, as Mary exists to form Jesus Christ in the hearts of believers and draw lost souls to the love of her Son.  She is our great hope insofar as the great gifts which God has poured out upon Mary and her response to those gifts give all of us hope that we too can respond to God with such generosity.  She is the model of humility and obedience to God’s word.  She is the model of one who ponders the things of God.  She is…

October: The Month of the Holy Rosary

“If it is possible for you, never neglect to say your beads every day, and if you find time, even the whole fifteen decades. Be not afraid of distractions, provided you are willing to struggle against them. Our heavenly Mother understands so well our weakness, our tired feelings, our weariness at times. Hail Mary’s multiplied never displease her. She appreciates your murmurings of faith, hope, and love. Do your best. But, never give up your beads. To carry them on your person . . . is that not as if you were saying them all day, all night secretly? Keep them, at times, especially in time of trial, in the hollow of your hand. That is to clasp Mary’s hand. To conclude, keep this in mind, at least: do not neglect to say three Hail Mary’s morning and night to Mary, Mother of God and your Mother, to thank the Most Blessed Trinity for having given us her. We can report marvelous results from faithfulness to that practice, among those who suffer, who labor, who undergo pain of any kind, in body, in soul, in the midst of cares, to safeguard their…

The Holy Name of Mary in September

As September progresses, and the leaves are beginning to turn to yellow, the Roman Catholic Church commemorates the Most Holy Name of Mary. The Church’s liturgy for today is a veritable feast which delights in the contemplation of this holy name as seen here. Dom Prosper Gueranger (b. 1805- d. 1875) in his book The Liturgical Year had much to say about this day; and it is worth a read. Here is Dom Prosper’s writing on the Most Holy Name of Mary: “And the Virgin’s name was Mary” (Luke i. 27). Let us speak a little about this name which signifies star of the sea, and which so well befits the Virgin Mother. Rightly is she likened to a star: for as a star emits its ray without being dimmed so the Virgin brought forth her Son without receiving any injury. The ray takes nought from the brightness of the star, nor the Son from His Mother’s integrity. This is the noble star risen out of Jacob, whose ray illumines the whole world, whose splendour shines in the heavens, penetrates…